Christmas Cactus: A Seasonal Showoff

Christmas Cactus: A Seasonal Showoff

Did the spiky showoff with brilliant pinks, purples, and reds catch your eye as it dangled from a hanging pot in the local greenhouse? If you’re the proud owner of a flowering cactus, you’ll find they’re carefree plants that add color to grey winter days. “The three...
Amaryllis

Amaryllis

  Are you the proud owner of a huge, weird looking bulb that a loved one insists will one day become a big, beautiful flower?  If you’ve been given an amaryllis, remain calm; they’re easy to grow. With a little water, they have all they need to thrive tucked right...
All American Sides: Sweet Potatoes and Squash

All American Sides: Sweet Potatoes and Squash

In the culinary competitiveness of the Thanksgiving season, much noise and ado is made over poultry and side dishes. Cooks strive for greatness in their take on stuffing, outdo themselves in pies, or reach for the Holy Grail eluding many of us: perfectly prepared...
The Right Feeder for Every Bird

The Right Feeder for Every Bird

LONGMONT – As days shorten and the weather turns chilly, gardeners are cleaning up debris, tidying beds, and tucking everything in for the winter. We do so with a sigh of relief; the prolonged pace of tending the garden slows as fall deepens and holidays distract us....
Sacrifice and a Small Red Poppy

Sacrifice and a Small Red Poppy

LONGMONT – A tiny red poppy, placed in the left lapel button, commemorates one of the most horrific wars in history. Engulfing nation upon nation, one hundred years have passed since the signing of the Armistice to end World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of...
Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare on Elm Street

LONGMONT – Whenever there’s a remake of a Hollywood classic thriller, I get a bit nervous. Will it be as good as the original, or fall short of the mark? Can the remake become a hit on its own, or will it be an empty imitation of great work? And if the original was...
Put Your Trees and Shrubs to Bed

Put Your Trees and Shrubs to Bed

  LONGMONT – Before you turn your thoughts to indoor entertaining, take advantage of the next warm day to put your trees and shrubs to bed for the season. With a little bit of wrapping and a plan to winter water, your woody plants will weather the worst winter can...
Frost protection

Frost protection

LONGMONT – Though the temperatures keep our hopes alive, the dread frosts of October are becoming reality, nipping back plants and killing tender shoots. Winds are shaking leaves from the trees and the landscape is dotted with pockets of gold, crimson, and orange....
Get Your Ghost On With Pumpkins

Get Your Ghost On With Pumpkins

  LONGMONT –  Ready to start hunting for pumpkins, and want to take the kids someplace fun? Head out to our local pumpkin patches where you’ll get an experience worth howling over.  Memorable fall enjoyment is ripe for picking at area farms, and local growers are...
Save Trees by Winter Watering

Save Trees by Winter Watering

LONGMONT –  I’ve reached the stage in life where I miss the good old days, randomly blurting out grumpy declarations of fond memories of when things were better than now. I harken back at least five years, when September didn’t have week after week of 90-degree...
Colorado Garden – Fall Color

Colorado Garden – Fall Color

LONGMONT – Fall is a time for celebration, with the end of season harvest and cool relief from heat getting us out into the garden to enjoy the autumn sights.  We revel in the changing colors, marvel at the sunflowers’ nodding heads, and laugh as squirrels gather...
Mast year

Mast year

LONGMONT – My neighborhood is filled with curious people, folks who pull out lawn chairs to watch the goings-on in my yard or devise reasons to stroll by for a closer view. I don’t blame them; things at my place are usually on the edge of chaos, what with me...

Your Lawn and Water Needs

LONGMONT – As the heat continues this summer, it’s important to understand how much water your lawn actually needs, how much water you are applying and when is the best time to water. The Rocky Mountain Sod Growers are the experts in the field and want people to...
Sow Vegetables for Fall

Sow Vegetables for Fall

LONGMONT – Gardeners, gather your tools, pick up those gloves and stretch those muscles – planting season is almost upon us. Before you double-check the date on this paper, this isn’t springtime. The planting you’re about to do is for fall. Sowing cool season...
How to Create the Perfect Vertical Garden

How to Create the Perfect Vertical Garden

Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize your living space and enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your home. Easy to create, customize and care for, a vertical garden can be made of anything from hanging flower pots and plastic soda bottles to old mailboxes,...

Shoo-Fly Shenanigans

LONGMONT – Long ago, I spent many lazy summer days on the front porch of the house on my grandfather’s farm. We’d pass time as children do: drinking cold sodas, annoying the cat, climbing the railings, and daring each other to ride the cantankerous donkey, Jack. There...
Yard Design Trends

Yard Design Trends

  LOVELAND – Spring and summer is a time to recover from the cold winter months and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. As you spend more time in your yard, you may be looking for ways to improve it. Here are some recent outdoor home design trends that may inspire you....
The Struggle with Squirrels is Real

The Struggle with Squirrels is Real

LONGMONT – Four years of escalating tensions with the squirrels in my garden have driven me nuts. Each year dreams of a bounty of squash, tomatoes, melons, and pumpkins are left in ruin as my plants serve as snacks for the bushy-tailed beasts. Though cute and fun to...
Rose Care Tips

Rose Care Tips

LONGMONT – There is a point in summer when gardeners can’t show fear.  The growing season fills all of our spare time – we’re running full tilt, harvesting, weeding, and watering; there’s blooms to pick, mulch to replenish, and insects to fight off.  At a certain...
Six Pet-Safe Ideas for Getting Rid of Weeds

Six Pet-Safe Ideas for Getting Rid of Weeds

  BOULDER–  Boulder County’s growing season is in full bloom – perfect for the plants we want in our garden. But it’s also perfect for weeds. Many of the chemical weed killers are toxic to the environment and to our kids and pets, too. Our furry and young family...